Sergio Escalera

Computer Vision Center (UAB) and University of Barcelona, Spain

Sergio Escalera obtained the P.h.D. degree on Multi-class visual categorization systems at Computer Vision Center, UAB. He obtained the 2008 best Thesis award on Computer Science at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is ICREA Academia. He leads the Human Pose Recovery and Behavior Analysis Group. He is Full Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Informatics, Universitat de Barcelona. He is an adjunct professor at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and Dalhousie University, and Distinguished Professor at Aalborg University. He has been visiting professor at TU Delft and Aalborg Universities. He is a member of the Visual and Computational Learning consolidated research group of Catalonia. He is also a member of the Computer Vision Center at UAB, Mathematics Institut of the Universitat de Barcelona, and the Barcelona Graduate School of Mathematics. He is series editor of The Springer Series on Challenges in Machine Learning. He is vice-president of ChaLearn Challenges in Machine Learning, leading ChaLearn Looking at People events. He is co-creator of Codalab open source platform for challenges organization and co-founder of the NeurIPS competition track. He is also Fellow of the ELLIS European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems working within the Human-centric Machine Learning program, member of the AAAC Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing, AERFAI Spanish Association on Pattern Recognition, ACIA Catalan Association of Artificial Intelligence, AEPIA Artificial Intelligence Spanish Association, INNS International Neural Network Society, IEEE, and Chair of IAPR TC-12: Multimedia and visual information systems. He has different patents and registered models. He participated in several international funded projects and received an Amazon Research Award. He has published more than 300 research papers and participated in the organization of scientific events. He received a CVPR best paper award nominee and a CVPR outstanding reviewer award. He has been guest editor at TPAMI, JMLR, PR, TAC and IJCV, among others. He has been General co-Chair of FG20, Area Chair at CVPR, NeurIPS, FG, ICCV, and BMVC, and Competition and Demo Chair at FG, NeurIPS, and ECMLPKDD, among others. His research interests include automatic analysis of humans from visual and multi-modal data, with special interest in inclusive, transparent, and fair affective computing and people characterization.

Hacer Yalim Keles

Ankara University, Turkey

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hacer Yalim Keles received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, in 2002, 2005 and 2010, respectively. Her Ph.D. Thesis received the Thesis of the Year award by Middle East Technical University in 2010. From 2000 to 2007 she worked as a researcher and senior researcher at The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). In 2010, she received an R&D grant from the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Turkey and established her R&D company. Her follow-up project SOYA was funded by TUBITAK in 2011 and later awarded by TUBITAK as one of the best venture projects and sent to Silicon Valley for investment negotiations. She is the first woman who took this grant in Turkey. She is currently working as an Assoc. Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at Ankara University. She is the creator and the director of the CVML lab in her department ( Her research interests lie predominantly in the areas of computer vision and machine learning, particularly in deep learning. Recently, she has been working in sign language recognition problems; her research project on the generation of a large-scale Turkish Sign Language dataset, which is funded by TUBITAK, has recently been completed with a novel dataset, i.e. AUTSL. The AUTSL dataset that is used in the competition part of this workshop is generated by the team in her CVML lab.

Julio C. S. Jacques Junior

Computer Vision Center (CVC), Spain

Julio C. S. Jacques Junior received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from PUCRS in 2012, Brazil. Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the Computer Vision Center (CVC) at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), as a member of the Human Pose Recovery and Behavior Analysis (HUPBA) group. He collaborates within the University of Barcelona (UB) as a HUPBA member, and within ChaLearn and ChaLearn (LAP) Looking at People. He also has collaborated with the organization of some workshops and challenges organized by ChaLearn LAP (ECCV’16, ICPR’16, CVPR/IJCNN’17, NeurIPS'19, ECCV’20, CVPR’21). His research interests include, among others, computer vision-based applications with a particular focus on visual human behavior analysis.

Ozge Mercanoglu Sincan

Ankara University, Turkey

Özge Mercanoglu Sincan is a Ph.D. candidate and working as a Research Assistant at the Department of Computer Engineering, Ankara University. She is a member of the Computer Vision and Machine Learning (CVML) Lab in her department. She has been working in a research project related to deep learning, in collaboration with the industry. Her research interests lie in the areas of computer vision and deep learning, particularly in the sign language recognition problems. With respect to the Challenge proposal, she has strong experience with large scale dataset formatting and baseline methods for sign language recognition.


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